President stresses “innovation” in State of the Union.

The President’s State of the Union address was especially poignant for me after just returning home from the week long INNOVATION seminar I taught at UVA’s Darden School of Business.

In his speech, President Obama mentioned Steve Jobs and my ears perked. Specifically, Obama said that we, as a country—and whether Democrat or Republican—“should support everyone who’s willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.”

Indeed! This is exactly what the basic tenet of my book, 63 Innovation Nuggets (for aspiring innovators), encourages.

“After all, innovation is what America has always been about,” Obama continued. And he is right. Innovation drives much of what we all do in this county to make our lives easier, more meaningful, profitable, interesting, competitive …. the reasons behind innovation are countless.

It is heartening to hear our President talk about passing an agenda that will help start-ups and entrepreneurs succeed by providing financing, tax relief, and more support for research. You can read the entire address here at The New York Times.

We live in exciting times, and the fact that innovation continues to play an essential role keeps driving me forward in a meaningful way. This is what inspired my book in that innovation is teachable.

It’s time now for the presidential candidates to step up!

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